Three new state-of-the-art electric train fleets are to be rolled out on the busiest rail routes in London and the South East.
Govia Thameslink Railway Ltd has been awarded a seven-year contract, which includes construction of 1,400 carriages.
It will increase capacity by more than 50%, providing 10,000 extra seats every weekday into central London during the rush hour.
Govia will operate the trains as part of the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (TSGN) franchise, the Government confirmed.
Services and capacity are expected to be improved to scores of destinations.
These include Brighton, King’s Lynn, Cambridge, Peterborough, Bedford, Luton and Gatwick.
The improved service is due to be fully operational by the end of 2018.
Thameslink will be expanded, which is a blow to the current operator FirstGroup. Govia presently operates the other rail contract.
Govia beat competition from four shortlisted bidders – Abellio, FirstGroup, MTR and Stagecoach – to run the key commuter contract from September.
The franchisee is a partnership between the Go-Ahead Group, and Keolis – which is 70% owned by French rail operator SNCF.
23 May 2014 | 7:50 am – Source: orange.co.uk